A well-regarded public school in a town of 800 people will be closed as a cost-cutting measure, according to the LA Times. The Eastern Sierra Academy (ESA) doesn’t have sports or extra-curriculars, and has only 22 students, but evidently the cost is too great for Eastern Sierra Unified School District Supt. Don Clark to allow it to keep going. The 15 year old school is also a target for locals who consider it “elitist”.
“Many see the academy as serving rich and spoiled people who have always gotten what they want — that’s why they are crying now,” said Laura Pemburton, a district cook with two children in neighboring schools. “They have made it seem as though kids who like sports are lesser beings.”
Of course, parents of students have some cost-cutting plans of their own:
Over at the academy, parents have demanded that the district fire Clark or trim his benefits, including an annual salary of $131,000, a tax-free $80,000 home loan and use of a district sport utility vehicle.
According to Wikipedia, ESA was ranked 19th in the nation in Newsweek’s Challenge index ranking of 27,000 public high schools in 2005.